Q & A on the Menstrual Cup

Ladies! This is for you.

 

Let’s talk menstrual cups. I get a lot of questions about these. That said, I’m going to get right to the point and some of it may be TMI but I’m going to answer any questions I’ve already received and share any information that I think would be valuable. It does not have to be or should not be a stigma or taboo topic. Also, for the sake of 2020, I feel it important to take this time to say I am not a doctor, a birthing specialist of any sort or an OBGYN. I’m just a woman with experience and that is what I am speaking from.

 

  1. Does it get stuck? No. Will you (if you allow yourself to get worked up) think it might get stuck? Yes, it’s possible. Is it possible that if something strange happens it could get stuck? Yes. However, while I’m no professional, I like to think that since women have been pushing humans through their canals and out of their vagina since the commodores, that should you feel like something is making it’s way to being stuck, you’ve got the power, instincts and knowledge in you to give it a push in the right direction.

  2. Is it gross? No more gross than a tampon or pad full of blood. But is blood really gross? Is a period really gross? The human body is pretty rad.

  3. Does it smell? Like a tampon or pad, the longer it is in your body collecting, the more it will smell. It’s not necessarily that using a cup makes it smellier than the alternative options, it’s all on how your body rolls and your hormones.

  4. Is it difficult to pull it out? It could prove challenging the first couple times. Everybody and every body is different. You’ll undoubtedly get the hang of it. There is a tab on it that you can pull and should you need to, a little push from your end is extremely helpful. No, you’re not full blown sticking your fingers up there. Will it all come spilling out once you take it out? No, move slowly with control and be mindful. For me personally, I like to take mine out in the shower. I can do it in the morning, after a workout and in the evening to wind down the day. That way I can dump it down the drain, wash it and myself and move on. If you’re dumping over the toilet or while sitting on the toilet? That’s fine and easy too! Just be mindful about making sure you’ve got it where you want it (aka out and over the toilet) before dumping and then be mindful as you lift it up to the sink to rinse.

  5. Do you have to wash it every time you dump it (like more than once a day)? I don’t know that you have to per se, but generally when you’re dumping it out, you have access to a sink so I think it’s easy to do and you should. This will help keep things clean and help minimize any smells.

  6. Which leads me to…how do you wash it? I boil it before using it (I think it goes without saying I do not immediately insert a boiling hot cup) and after my period is over. I store it in my bathroom drawer in the storage pouch it comes with. I just use my smallest pot, bring it to a rolling boil, let it boil for around 10 minutes. During my period, I was it with hot water and soap each time I dump it. Like I stated above, I do this in the shower, so I usually dump, wash it off and sit it on my towel hook to dry, then insert once I’m finished. It could just be me but I don’t like inserting it while it’s wet.

  7. What happens if you have to dump it in public? Again, every body is different and therefore flows are different. I have only had one time where I had to absolutely dump in public. Generally I can go 8-12 hours and be fine with this cup. That said, I made sure to take advantage of a public restroom that had a single-seater (meaning no stalls, just one toilet and sink in the same space where I could lock it from in the inside and be totally alone). That’s what I recommend to you, too. If you find yourself in a store, coffee shop or restaurant: check out the bathroom situation and take advantage when you can. If you’re really in a bind, usually handicap stalls have a private sink with the toilet in the stall. If you take this option, I just suggest that you move quickly as to not hold the stall up for someone who may need it.

  8. Do you sleep in it? Yes. However if you’re concerned with leaks or the angle of your body moving around, I suggest you pair it with one of the washable and reusable moon-liners that LYM carries. They’re extremely soft and comfortable.

  9. Does it hurt? While it’s a little wider than a tampon, it softly suctions to you and is bendable and soft. I do not think it hurts. I’m sure someone out there has experienced it moving or shifting or not feeling comfortable. I believe this can be remedied with trial and error. I also should note that I’ve never had kids and that things can be different down there because of that. I have a friend whose OBGYN recommend she not use her cup for a while postpartum. Consult anything with your doctor that leaves you concerned or extra curious.

  10. Why are there two sizes? It’s suggest that Model 1 is pre-children/light to normal flows and Model 2 is post-children/heavy flows.

  11. Why make the switch? For one, it’s sustainable. No more sticky pads or tampons piling up in the landfills. Secondly, it’s a non-toxic alternative to catching your flow. Tampons and pads are generally treated with compounds and ingredients that aren’t stellar to be IN the body for long periods of time.

  12. What’s it made from? Medical Grade Silicone.

  13. Is it uncomfortable? It can be if not inserted correctly. Which can be fixed in seconds. It may take some getting used to (figuring out the limits in your body). Sometimes if you’re doing vigorous movements it can shift and move around (again, like a tampon). I would say in all the years I’ve been using one, I’ve only had a few times that have been truly uncomfortable where I’ve had to revisit how it was in. For the majority of the time, they’re very soft and comfortable. You won’t know it’s there. I have had a customer tell me that her cramps have decreased monumentally after she made the switch and while I can’t guarantee that for everyone or back it up with reasoning or science, I say that’s a plus.

  14. Will it fall out? It’s never come remotely close to falling out for me. I think if you’re keeping up with dumping it in a timely manner and keeping it clean you should be fine. Like stated above, it can move around in your body as you move around. Much like any alternative.

  15. Does it cause infections or irritations? Again, I’m not a doctor, OBGYN, specialist or professional on any of this. I have not had one, but I would say if you are on an extremely light day or have it in just incase, you may just want to skip using the cup. And again, I think if you’re dumping it properly and cleaning it properly, it should be all good. If you experience discomfort, pain or anything of the like consult your physician.

 

Hopefully, I’ve cleared up any questions or thoughts you may have regarding this! LYM has both Model 1 and Model 2 versions of the silicone menstrual cup available here should you be ready to make the switch.


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